Debt Poets Society: Financiers Pick Up The Pen

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Dana Cimilluca Wall Street Journal

The squalid factories of England's Industrial Revolution inspired Charles Dickens to write "Hard Times." The Great Depression spawned John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." This winter, the global credit crisis has unleashed its own burst of creativity.

If only subprime art were sublime. Most of it is low-grade spoof, such as a "Green Eggs and Ham" knockoff called "Broker Joe."

"Joe" is the brainchild of Cameron Crise, a 36-year-old American currency investor working in London for Dutch-Belgian financial conglomerate Fortis.

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